The University of British Columbia has lost another round in a long-running lawsuit over the accidental destruction of frozen sperm belonging to hundreds of men.
Cancer survivor Howard Lam is the lead plaintiff in a class-action suit against the university and its off-site Andrology Lab over the 2002 incident when a power failure due to a tripped circuit breaker caused the sperm to thaw, rendering it useless.
An alarm that was supposed to alert someone if that happened also failed to go off and the freezer, which was supposed to keep the sperm at temperatures below -130 C, apparently had no backup power supply.
Lam, who along with more than 400 other men had sperm stored in the freezer before undergoing cancer treatment, launched the class action in 2003 against the university, as well as companies associated with the sperm bank. They accused the university of negligence and breach of contract.
The B.C. Supreme Court initially refused to certify the class action but that decision wasRead More »from Accidental destruction of sperm leads B.C. man to class-action lawsuit